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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer star in "True Love."

Sunday's New York Times Arts section was all about Arkansas-related folks and projects. Like Max mentioned on his blog yesterday, the section led with a big feature on Alan Ball's adaptation of Magnolia native Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series for HBO. I suppose they're almost obligated to say this, but it was a bit surprising to hear network execs say that they expect this show to fill the dramatic void left in the wake of "Sopranos" and "The Wire." I mean, I'm all for Vampire sex dramas (though some of the Southern accents I heard briefly on a recent trailer might quickly put me off them) but there's no way.

Then, there was also a nice feature on LR native David Gordon Green, who directed "Pineapple Express," the HILARIOUS new stoner comedy that comes out on Wednesday.

“People think ‘independent’ means no interference,” he said. “Not true. Unless you’re paying for everything yourself, you’re always subject to who’s writing the checks. And on this movie I had more creative freedom than I’ve had since I did ‘George Washington.’ ”


 

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